Innovative new courses designed to help boost workplace wellbeing

Posted: 2nd September 2019

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By: Julie Jarvey

Synergy Health, Safety and Wellbeing Ltd is launching two new wellbeing at work courses – one aimed at senior business teams, the other for employees and individuals.

Company founder and director Julie Jarvey is calling for businesses to integrate wellbeing into their health & safety systems, rather than viewing it as an optional extra. 

‘It is important that wellbeing is integrated into health & safety management systems – part of how we do business and not seen as extras and perks,’ says Julie.

With more than 20 years’ experience as a health & safety consultant, Julie has designed an innovative Workplace Wellbeing Integration course designed to help businesses recognise and understand how to achieve this. 

Traditionally, many businesses have focussed primarily on physical safety – with occupational health often an afterthought. 

‘The challenge is promoting positive health rather than just reactive occupational health measures. Many businesses may be under the impression that a basket of fruit, some bottled water or a wellbeing day will tick the box.  But this is not the answer,’ says Julie. 

A second course All About You is delivered to employees or individuals in small groups – on site or via regional training dates. It is designed to help people boost personal wellbeing and find a work-life balance. 

Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that nearly one in seven people experience mental health problems in the workplace. The foundation reports that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental-health conditions. It also finds that better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.

The Mental Health Foundation also suggests working conditions and environment can have a huge impact on mental health and, equally, someone’s mental health can have a significant impact to perform well in their job.

‘The workplace has changed and is mainly unrecognisable from 30-40 years ago,’ says Julie. ‘There are ever more demands both at home and work. We all multitask and are expected to be experts at juggling this 24/7 fast and furious world.’ 

‘There are programmes and awareness emerging for mental health training and support.  This is a crucial area but a small part of a much bigger picture.’  

‘Many businesses need help finding their direction with regards to supporting the wellbeing of their employees.  As well as individuals benefiting from some direction and understanding of how to achieve work-life balance,’ she adds.

‘Wellbeing is not a new concept, it is a need to be comfortable, healthy and happy that allows us to thrive.  The word may scare a lot of people and businesses, but it is not rocket science.  Once there is an understanding of the concept then strategies can be developed and implemented.’

Workplace Wellbeing Integration: an online 10-step modular training programme aimed at senior business teams. Designed to help businesses recognise and understand how to integrate wellbeing into management systems. 

All about you: A wellbeing course delivered to employees or individuals in small groups. Delivered either on-site at a company or via select dates available regionally. 

Editor’s notes

For more information please contact Julie Jarvey on 07742 094194 or email 

Synergy Health, Safety and Wellbeing Ltd provides advice and guidance on a consultancy basis in relation to health, safety and wellbeing 

Founder and director Julie Jarvey has more than 20 years’ experience as a health & safety professional, consulting on key areas including: benchmarking and gap analysis; site inspections; H&S management systems; topic audits, incident investigations; wellbeing strategies, support with corporate-risk governance, expert-witness work; troubleshooting, developing and delivering training/workshops as well as mentoring health and safety professionals. She is a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).